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March 31, 2010

Governor and First Lady join iKeepSafe™ and Comcast to get Cyber Safe

Williston, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas, First Lady Dorothy Douglas, the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafeTM), and Comcast have partnered to bring a number of Internet safety resources to Vermont students to promote safe and healthy online experiences for children. To announce this week’s distribution of education materials to schools, Governor and Mrs. Douglas read Faux Paw Goes to the Games-Balancing Real Life and Screen Time to students at Williston Central School.

“The Internet is an immense and valuable resource that unlocks a world of possibilities. We recognize that youth need 21st Century skills, but it is vital they are aware of how to use digital products in a safe and healthy manner,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “Educators are key to helping our students take advantage of technology without falling victim to its risks.”

The Faux Paw Internet safety program was created specifically for elementary school children and follows the adventures of Faux Paw the Techno Cat ®, a curious, Web-surfing cat who teaches kids how to keep safe online. A national award was given for the animated DVD that is included with every book. The Faux Paw Internet safety educational curriculum is available for free at www.iKeepSafe.org and was created in partnership with Penn State’s Dept. of Education and a global team of educators.

Internet safety resources distributed to Vermont schools, courtesy of Comcast, include:

• Faux Paw Goes to the Games (Appropriate Grades 1-6) – story highlights balancing real life and screen time with the background setting of the Great Animal Olympics;

• Faux Paw and the Dangerous Download (Appropriate for Grades 2-6) – teaches about the inherent risks in peer-to-peer file sharing and encourages downloading from reputable, legal Web sites; and

• Guided Discussion and Activity Sheet – helpful resources to be used following the reading of each book and viewing of the associated animated DVD.

Free Online Resources Available to Educators - www.iKeepSafe.org:

• Tutorials & Educators’ Resources: covering topics such as social networking, cyber-bullying and general tips about how to keep safe online.

• Class Presentations Training: provide taped demonstrations for volunteers and educators of iKeepSafe™ “Class Presentations” which feature the Faux Paw books and animated movies. This training helps presenters to prepare iKeepSafe™ “Class Presentations” for elementary school students. (CDs with these free downloadable, taped training presentations are available through Tammy Leavitt at Tammy@iKeepSafe.org)

“The Internet Keep Safe Coalition is grateful for Governor Douglas and First Lady Dorothy Douglas and their commitment to educating the youth of Vermont about being Cyber safe and addressing issues such as cyberbullying, cyberethics and achieving balanced digital lives,” said Jacalyn Leavitt, chair of iKeepSafe™. “We are also grateful for committed partners like Comcast who give us additional opportunities and resources to deliver the message of safe and healthy Internet use to children and communities.”

“Comcast is dedicated to making a difference in the communities we serve, and we are committed to utilizing our resources to help educate Vermont’s children so that they can take full advantage of the resources that exist online in a safe manner,” said Pam Mackenzie, Comcast Area Vice President in Vermont. “We know that Internet safety is a crucial issue, which is why we are thrilled to be partnering with iKeepSafe™ and the Governor and First Lady to support this important program focused on children, as well as many other initiatives related to Internet safety in Vermont.”

About the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (www.iKeepSafe.org)

The Internet Keep Safe Coalition is a broad partnership of governors and/or first spouses, attorneys general, public health and educational professionals, law enforcement and industry leaders working together for the health and safety of youth online. The coalition partners include the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American School Counselors Association, D.A.R.E. America, (ISC)2 and Optimist International (for a complete list of partners, please visit iKeepSafe.org). The coalition provides innovative resources including parent tutorials and age-appropriate educational resources, including the Faux Paw the Techno Cat® Internet safety series of books and animated films for children. iKeepSafe™ uses these unique partnerships to disseminate the safety resources to families worldwide, including pilot programs launched in China, India, Australia and a new program in Egypt in partnership with the Cyber Peace Initiative (CPI).

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com) is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 23.6 million cable customers, 15.9 million high-speed Internet customers, and 7.6 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.

Comcast’s content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, 11 regional sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast’s Internet businesses, including Comcast.net (www.comcast.net). Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, which owns two professional sports teams, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, and a large, multipurpose arena in Philadelphia, the Wachovia Center, and manages other facilities for sporting events, concerts and other events.

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: March 31, 2010 15:25:09